The provincial government is offering their take on the meeting with the protest campers based at the Saskatchewan Legislature.
The two parties convened in Fort Qu’Appelle on Monday, with five ministers in attendance.
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One of those ministers was Saskatchewan’s Attorney General and Justice Minister, Don Morgan. During the Monday meeting, he was presented with a list of actionable items that included three requests:
- An inquiry into the matters related to the death of Haven Dubois. More broadly, an inquiry into police practices in the Major Crimes Unit specifically at the Regina Police Service in 2015.
- Scope out and pursue an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous men and boys.
- Review the Police and Coroners Acts for revisions.
Speaking from Saskatoon, Morgan addressed the lists, saying they’re fairly general.
“Some of the broader range of things that you would’ve seen are things that are long standing or federal issues, or have federal components to them.”
One actionable item included a request to have a moratorium done on adoptions and planned expansion of foster care. This was one of nine given to Minister of Social Services Paul Merriman.
“We actually have work underway on that,” Morgan said. “We have 17 agreements with various bands across the province now, so that the bands will work with social services to become directly involved when a child becomes in need of protection.”
Morgan did note the government wants to pursue this path going forward, working with First Nations to try and have them either provide services or supervise or partner with them. He also noted there are some issues the government of Saskatchewan still needs to discuss with other stakeholders, one of them being the FSIN.
Camp protesters also requested the Ministry of Central Services and Provincial Capital Commission not take down the camp, as they hope to have a follow up meeting with the province in two weeks time. But Morgan said that’s not a matter he nor government officials have discussed thoroughly.
“A show of good faith, on their part, would be to remove the camp or the tipis.”
“I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m not inclined to have a meeting as long as the tipis are in place.”